The Presidential Election
Thumbs Up On Editorial (I)
Congratulations on a well-written endorsement of Mitt Romney (“Mitt Romney for President,” editorial, Oct. 26).
Given a free hand if re-elected, Obama would, in my opinion, do a “Jimmy
Carter” – only worse, since the stakes have been considerably raised since then. In 1980,
the mullahs were holding a few dozen American hostages. Currently, they threaten the region and the world with the ghastly specter of a nuclear holocaust.
I trust the future of both the U.S. and Israel with Romney, not Obama.
New City, NY
Thumbs Up On Editorial (II)
I think you were right on point in your endorsement of Mitt Romney for president and in your concern that Israel will have a lot to lose if President Obama is reelected.
However, if Obama should be reelected, I sincerely hope to look back a year from now and say that you and I were very wrong.
Thumbs Down On Editorial (I)
You wax so eloquent in opposing the reelection of President Obama yet fail to appreciate how your opposition to Obama and support of Romney really amounts to nothing more than a logical leap.
Early on in the editorial you acknowledged that “there are those who can and do point to several pro-Israel actions President Obama has taken as being indicative of fundamental support for the Jewish state on his part. Indeed, some of those actions are unprecedented.”
Yet you then followed with, “HHowever, we believe it is clear that Mr. Obama came into office determined to significantly altered downward the decades-long special relationship between the U.S. and Israel….”
To be sure, you draw on the president’s personal history and general statements about foreign policy over time, which you interpret as supporting your theory. But it is just a theory and not necessarily more valid than the theories of those who see some of the president’s pro-Israel actions as leading to a contrary conclusion.
Thumbs Down On Editorial (II)
I find it difficult to understand how you can so casually dismiss some of the significant things President Obama has done for Israel, which, as you noted, “have included supporting Israel’s Iron Dome anti-missile system; backing Israel during the controversies over the Goldstone Report and the Gaza flotilla fiasco; and opposing the Palestinians’ efforts for a unilateral declaration of statehood….”
As they say, these are not small potatoes.
I cannot deny that your arguments against the president raised some questions. But I believe that despite the absolute demonization of Obama that has become so commonplace in much of the Orthodox community (at least The Jewish Press made its case against the president without resorting to calumny, hyperbole and unsubstantiated rumors and innuendo), Romney represents more of a wild card in terms of Israel than does Obama.
Los Angeles, CA
Get Out And Vote
Your editorial in support of Gov. Romney for president was well reasoned and persuasive. However, it represents only half the equation. Knowing that President Obama must be defeated is important. Equally important, though, especially for Jewish voters in Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania, is acting upon that knowledge and showing up to vote next Tuesday, November 6.
The outcome in any one of those states may be so close that the vote of any single reader could determine the outcome in that state. In turn, that state could decide the national election.
May each reader of The Jewish Press exercise his power to affect our destiny. While we must all pray and say Tehillim for Israel, it is also essential to vote to remove Obama from office.
Don’t Sit This One Out
The upcoming presidential election is the most crucial one of our lifetime. (Yes, we always say this, but this time it really is true.) Anyone paying attention to current events is aware of the runaway $16 trillion deficit spending by the federal government, and the debt with which our children and grandchildren will be burdened. Under Obama, taxes are sure to rise – for those who still have jobs.
And to those who have joined the entitlement culture and like the status quo – trust me, the money is running out.
Though the economy weighs heavily as an election issue, we must also be concerned for Israel. We can only imagine the pressure that will be exerted on Israel in a second Obama term. Yet most Jews apparently still favor Obama.
This is no time for apathy. The stakes are much too high. It is imperative for all of us to vote. The result in New York may seem a foregone conclusion, but we must take a stand.
If you have friends or family in key states like Florida or Ohio, urge them to vote, too.
Let me simplify it. If you aren’t happy with the way things are, vote against the incumbents in Washington. Even if the challenger seems unlikely to win, keep in mind that if we never oppose them, they will never pay attention to us.
My fellow Jews: Don’t sit this one out!
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